The old Cubs don’t look all that hot right now anyhow…
I’m not saying that history is going to look favorably or kindly on the Cubs trading away its best and most endearing players this generation has seen. What I am saying is that as of August 15th, the Cubs have won the trade deadline based on the performance of their old guys with their new teams.
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Anthony Rizzo isn’t even playing right now because he’s on the COVID list (although he was hot in his first few games with the Yankees), Baez is now on the IL after having dealt with numerous little maladies this season with the Cubs, and Craig Kimbrel is giving up runs and blowing saves in the eighth inning for goodness sakes!
Granted, Andrew Chafin and Kris Bryant have been themselves with their new teams, but so far the Cubs looked like they traded most of the guys at just the right time, especially given the struggles of Zach Davies, Kyle Hendricks, Adbert Alzolay, Ian Happ, and Willson Contreras since. They even said that Frank Schwindel had a higher WAR than all the traded players since the deadline the other night on the Marquee broadcast!
Perhaps there’s a chance Rizzo, Bryant, or Baez find their way back to the North Side in the offseason, but let’s face it – if they weren’t going to be re-signed (and they hadn’t by the deadline), trading them away for prospects was definitely the right decision, and it’s looking doubly that way now.
So, Cub fans – take heart – hopefully the CBA gets worked out, Hoyer works some magic, and the Cubs are contenders again soon. If not, there’s always Fields and the Bears…